A primary goal of the ALPLM Education Department is to help teachers teach. To that end, teacher workshops are an important component of Education Department programming. Workshops are designed for educators in most subjects and in all grade levels unless otherwise indicated. Under our "Teaching Teachers" initiative, the ALPLM is committed to providing educators with strong content-based programs on topics such as Lincoln, the Civil War, African-American History and Illinois History to name a few. These intense "history lessons" will assist educators in developing a solid background on unfamiliar topics or in mastering a discipline they already know and love. In addition, the Education Department's hands-on classroom application programs will provide ideas and methods for teaching historical content across the curriculum using digital resources, primary documents and material culture.
FREE Civil War Tech Teacher Professional Development Workshops
Spend a morning at the ALPLM learning about the many ways that science and technology influenced the Civil War. Featuring topics from the popular Civil War Tech program, each session invites teachers to merge science and history, two areas of study not often united but undeniably connected. Through experiments, artifacts, games, as well as presentations from scientists and scholars, teachers will learn new ways to connect their students to the Civil War.
July 22, 2017: Communication - Telegraph, Photography, Balloons
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
- Discover the role of the telegraph, a relatively new communication device, during the Civil War. Learn how messages were sent using Morse Code and how they were used to deliver important messages between President Lincoln and his generals.
- Decode secret messages sent throughout the Civil War and create coded messages using Civil War era code systems.
- Learn about the role of photography in the United States during the Civil War. See how this technology spread information throughout the Civil War and brought a new way for families to stay connected. Try your hand at making your own pinhole camera and create an image using the same concepts as a Civil War camera.
- Examine the beginnings of aerial surveillance through the use of gas balloons and telegraphs. See the rise and fall of the predecessor to the modern-day drone during the Civil War.
**CLASS FULL** August 2, 2017: On the Battlefield-Civil War Medicine, Ambulances, Soldier Life
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
3 CPDU credits and classroom materials will be provided for all participating teachers.
***This class is now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email
- Discover the medical advancements made in triage and patient care and learn how these changes saved lives during the Civil War through today.
- See how germs spread and the role germ theory played in how Civil War soldiers were treated.
- Learn about Civil War-era diseases and then try your hand at diagnosing patients.
The Civil War Tech Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of AT&T.
If you can’t come to us, we can come to you! We will work with district personnel, other partners, and evaluators to assess needs and develop workshops at the ALPLM or at your school. Contact Genevieve Kaplan at Genevieve.Kaplan@illinois.gov or phone 217-558-8935 for more information.